Delhi Gold just teased us with footage of the girls from camp, looking fantastic. And I just got word that Peggy and the girls are heading into warm-up now!
If they're feeling nervous, they can take heart from these sweet musings, care of last night's men's event star, Josh Jefferis:
"It makes it no less special to do it in front of a near empty stadium. We knew our family and friends would be watching and we would take them in our hearts with us.
"A few years ago at the world championships in Melbourne I tried to use the crowd but it didn't work. It distracted me. It made me more nervous. I learnt from that experience and now try to concentrate on what I am doing.
"They now say it is okay to have butterflies so long as they are flying in formation.''
Foxtel does a pre-event profile and interview with Lauren Mitchell! We get a glimpse of the girls in camp, and some PacRim highlights. They do a super-awkward shout-out to absentee Maryanne Monckton.
We're minutes away now!
March-in. Australia looks focussed!
Team leotard: Looks pretty much like Lauren's 2009 Worlds one, though the gold swirl on the front appears a little different. Emily will be first up on beam.
BB Little: wobble on front tuck. Falls on cossack turn! Front aerial, BHS LOSO. Switch wolf jump, switch split, back tuck. Change leg side leap. Stuck double back tuck dismount. 12.300
Apparently Ash had two falls? Scored 10.5? And Georgia B had a fall too for 11.950
BB Mitchell: OH NO! Falls on the flip-flip-layout sequence. Split jump, wolf jump. Cossack turn, just gets it around. Switch split half, back tuck. Front aerial, switch split, slight pause, front tuck. Switch ring, tiny wobble. Looks nervous! BHS, flip, double pike (low chest) 13.750
Come on, Aussies! Get back in the game!
FX Bonora: Rocking a bun! High double tuck, steps back. Niiiiiice double twist! Switch split. Triple turn. 1.5 through to full twist (stuck). Leap combination (sorry, missed it). Big pause before great double pike, almost almost almost stepped out! Peggy pleased. 13.200
*CHANNEL TEN'S COVERAGE HAS COMMENCED*
FX Brennan: Stuck full in! Double tuck, hops backwards. Unsteady full pirouette with leg up. Switch ring, switch split half. Split jump half. Punch front lay, front full to stag jump. Split jump full. Double pike nearly stuck, fantastic! 13.500
FX Mitchell: Big close-up on her face, serious focus! Beeeautiful arabian double to stag jump (must be the best she's EVER done it!) Piked full in, slight hop but stays in. Cossack turn a bit wobbly. Front 2.5 to front layout, skids a little. High double pike with a hop but great job! 14.25, top score so far!
Standings afer 2 rotations:
1. Australia 78.950
2. Canada 78.400
3. England 76.800
VT Mitchell fantastic DTY with a slight hop. She looked SO fierce as she prepared to head down the runway! 14.700
VT Little a "ditto" vault - great form, clean landing with a small hop. So much power! 14.550
VT Brennan: Tsuk full 13.300
Aaaaaaaand my tape just ran out. Bugger.
UB Wheeler: Nice Shap. Great tkatchev. Swings well. Stalder on HB. A few form breaks. Straddle up to high (struggles slightly) Goes with double pike dismount (rather than arabian piked), Big hug from Ash. 13.600
UB Bonora 14.450
UB Little: 13.700
UB Mitchell: Stalder, catches Jaeger a little messily. toe on giant full, shoot to low, straddle up to high, toe on, toe half, double front, big step forward but still good. 14.250
It's all done and dusted now, we have to see how England fare on vault to know our fate!
(Liz has just said Lauren's beam routine, despite the fall, still qualifies her to the beam final... in first place thus far!)
England have put up nice Yurchenko fulls so far, they may not be able to catch us!
Aussies on the sideline, giving a big wave... Peggy gets a happy snap...
Results are in...
...by the skin of their teeth...
FOUR CONSECUTIVE WOMEN'S TEAM GOLD MEDALS AT
Mitchell and Little sit in 1-2, Bonora 5th in all around standings!
Interview on Foxtel - Ash is poised and articulate. They acknowledge the beam mistakes, but are pleased at the way they pulled together. They're grateful for Peggy's support. Lauren says it's exciting to replicate the men's results; the girls were in training when the MAG results came through but were thrilled to hear the news. Georgia B says it feels "amazing to get the gold in the end." How are they going to celebrate? "We'll probably go to bed early!"
Those of you with complaints about Ten/One's coverage, please please PLEASE make your voices heard and put it in writing a) to the network b) to a publication. I understand it must have been frustrating.
Medal ceremony - the girls are having a ball up on the podium (Ash giving pointers, perhaps?) England are huggy which is nice to see. Apparently Becky Wing has contracted Delhi belly, oh dear! I was really looking forward to seeing her compete. Aussies do a big wave then handshakes down the line. England gracious in defeat. All girls singing along to the anthem (although Gee-Dubya looks a little nervous and self-conscious!). I'm not saying that disparagingly, I'm painting a picture for those who can't see it. Big grin on Ash (and are those tears in the eyes too?). Happy snaps all round, they are soaking up the moment.